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Major magazine publishers launch own digital newsstand with flat pricing

VentureBeat | New York Times
Five major magazine publishers launched their own digital newsstand today called Next Issue Media. Hearst, Conde Nast, Time Inc., Meredith, and News Corp. are basically trying to create a Netflix for magazines — for $9.99 or $14.99 a month, subscribers can read unlimited amounts of the 32 included magazines. Its market is currently limited to newer Android tablets, but should come to the iPad later this year. Read more

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Better Homes and Gardens promises to end threatening renewal letters

Grumpy Editor
Hal Morris (aka Grumpy Editor) complains that the renewal notices for Better Homes and Gardens “border on something that would originate from the IRS or a collection agency.” He decided against renewing the Meredith title, but still received this notice:

As you know, we have been very patient, but your bill is now seriously delinquent.

We fully expect you to resolve this situation as honorably as you began it…please pay your debt now.

More demands for the $12 supposedly owed followed. Morris writes: “Also, unlike other magazines that provide postage-paid envelopes for renewal payments, envelopes from both Better Homes and Gardens pitches require readers to affix stamps. Bottom line: Would a normal subscriber renew after those tongue-lashings?”

I sent Morris’ column to Meredith and asked them about the aggressive renewal pitch. Meredith spokesman Patrick Taylor responded:

We certainly understand the confusion expressed here, and in fact, after a discussion with our consumer marketing group, I learned that we are currently changing the process and package notifying customers regarding their subscription expirations. We agree that the current language needs clarification and are working to make these changes and improve the process.

We apologize for any confusion or concerns these mailings may have caused this customer, and hope that as we implement our new efforts, we can eliminate these problems.

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Magazine publishers take steps toward ‘digital newsstand’ for tablets

Ad Age
A consortium of major magazine publishers, including Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp., is preparing to launch an app marketplace to sell digital editions on their own terms, Ad Age reports. “By the fourth quarter you’ll see us offering our unified marketplace, which will offer a consistent user experience across all titles and unique features like cross-title search, personalization and flex pricing,” said Morgan Guenther, CEO of Next Issue Media. For now the focus is on Android-powered tablets; on Wednesday the group started selling magazines via Verizon’s V Cast store on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. || Related: Report: 40% of magazine app users opt to let Apple share their data with publishers. Read more

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